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PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 



GRANDLODGE 

OF 
AND 

TENNESSEE, 

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FOR ANNO LUCIS, 5808, ANNO DOM. ISQE 
RALEIGH: 

TSOM TBS PRESS 07 IT. BOTtAJ?; 
1810, 



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AGREEABLY to a notice and order made by the 
Most Worshipful the Honorable JOHN HALL, one of 
the Judges of the Supreme Court of this State, Grand 
Master ; the Grand Lodge of North-Carolina and Ten- 
nessee convened in their Lodge Room, in the City of 
Raleigh, oh the eveni* g of December 9th, A. L. 580$, 

A. D. 1808 — When were present, 

The Right Worshipful Major-general Montfcrt Stokes,^ 
Deputy Grand Master ; Grand Master pro tern, 
EL W. Major-general Benjamin Smith, G, S. W. 
R* W. George Lee Davidson, G. J. W K 
R. W. Robert Williams, Grand Secrecy. 
R. W. William Boylan, Grand Treasurer. 
Brother Andrew Caldwell, G. S» D. pro tern. 
Brother Allen Rogers, G. J. D. pro tern. 
Brother Thomas Pound, Grand Tyler, 

Representatives from the subordinate Lodges, to wit $ 
St. John, No, l, Wilmington, Brother General Ben- 
jamin Smith. 

Royal White Heart, No, 2, Halifax, Brother William 

B. Lockhart. 

St. John, No, 3, Newbern, Brother Robert Williams, 
Old Cone, No. 9, Salisbury, Brothers General Mont* 

fort Stokes and Jacob Fisher, 

Johnston Caswell, No. 10, Warrenton, Brothers Kemp 

Plummer and Alexander C. Miller. 

King Solomon, No, 18, Jones county 3 Brother Enoch 
Foy. 



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Hiram, No. 24, Williamsborough, Granville county, 
Brothers Thomas Taylor and William Robards. 

Mount Moria, No. 27, Iredell county, B others George 
Lee Davidson and Andrew Caldwell. 

St. Tammany, No. 30, Wilmington, Brother William 
Watts Jones. 

Pnaianx, No. 31, Charlotte, Mecklenburg county, Bro- 
ther John Harriss. 

Stokes, No, 32, Cabarrus county, Brother George 
Harriss. 

Freeiand, No. 33, Rowan county, Brother J ease A. 
Pearson. 

Hiram, No. 40, City of Raleigh, Brother Allen Rogers. 

Tennessee, No. 41, Knoxviile, in the state of Tennes- 
see, Brother Robert Williams. 

Greenville, No. 43, in the town of Greenville, state of 
Tennessee, Brother Robert Williams. 

Williams, No. 44, in Johnstonville, Randolph county, 
Brother Jonathan Parker. 

Liberty, No. 45, Wilkesborough, in Wilkes county > 
Brothers Israel Pickens, Edmund Jones and Wm, Hulme. 

Taylor, No. 48, Beaufort, Brother Jacob Henry. 

Newport, No. 50, in the town of Newport, state of 
Tennessee, Brother Robert Williams 

Overton, No. 51, in the town of RogersviHe, state of 
Tennessee, Brother Robert Williams. 

King Solomon by dispensation, in the town of Gallatin, 
State of Tennessee, Brother Robert Williams. 

The Lodge by dispensation, in old Indian Town, in the 
county of Currituck, Brothers Thomas Williams and 
Willoughby Duzier. 



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Unanimty by dispensation, in the town of Edenton, 
Brothers Thomas Brownrigg and Wm. A. Littlejohn. 

This Grand Lodge was opened in due and solemn form. 

The Grand Secretary laid before this Lodge, commu- 
nications received from the following Grand Lodges since 
the last annual communications, to wit : Nova Scotia 
Massachusetts, New-Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsyl- 
vania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina and 
Georgia ; which were committed to Brothers William A • 
Littlejohn, Jesse Pearson, General Benjamin Smith and 
Thomas Taylor. 

Ordered, That Brothers liuime, Brownrigg, Foy, Fish- 
er and Rogers be appointed a committee to examine into 
the state of the Treasury and the accounts of the Trea- 
surer, and make a report. 

On motion of Brother Robert Williams, it is ordered, 
that a Charter issue, consuming a Lodge in the town of 
Gallatin, state of Tennessee, by the i^ame of King Soio- 
mon, No. 6 of Tennessee, and No. 53 on the archives of 
this Grand Lodge ; and that Brothers John Johnston be 
appointed Master, Andrew Buckham, Senior Warden, 
and John Mitchell, Junior Warden, in said Lodge. 

Ordered^ That Brothers Gen Benjamin Smith, George 
Lee Davidson, Robert Williams, William Boylan and 
Edmund Jones, be appointed a committee to enquire into 
the mode of working in Unanimity Lodge, constituted by 
dispensation, in the town of Edenton, and report make 
to the next meeting of this Grand Lodge. 

On motion it is ordered, that a Charter issue constitu- 
ting a Lodge to be holden in Indian Town, in the county 
of Currituck, by the name of Hall, No. 53, and to be di * 
irected t» Brothers Bassett Stith, Master j Brkkhouse 



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Be!!, Senior Warden, and Samuel Robertson, Junior 

Warden. 

Brother Gen. Benjamin Smith introduced and read the 

resignation of Robert Williams as Grand Secretary to this 
4ff rand Lodge, which was accepted. 

The Grand Treasurer reported that after deducting the 
expenditures made, there remains in his hands the sum 
of£*5ZQ 19 3: five hundred and twenty pounds, nineteen 
shillings and three pence,- and which yet remains to be 
accounted for. 

This Grand Lodge adjourned until the 16th instant. 

DECEMBER 16th, A. L. 5808, A. D, 1808, 
This Grand Lodge met according to adjournment-— 

v/hen were present, 

The Right Worshipful Major Gen. Montfort Stokes^ 
Deputy Grand Master; Grand Master, pro tern. 

R. W. Major General Benjamin Smith, G. S. W. 

XL W. George Lee Davidson, G. J. W. 

R. W« Robert Williams, Grand Secretary. 

R. W. William Boy lan, Grand Treasurer. 

Brother Allen Rogers, G. S. D. pro tern. 

Brother Andrew Caldwell, G. J. D. pro tem. 

Brother Thomas Pound, Grand Tyler. 

Visitor^. — Brothers Calvin Jones, Thomas L. Willi* 
anas, Jehu Scott and Alexander Henderson. 

Representatives to wit — front 
St. John Lodge, No. 1, Wilmington, brother General 

Benjamin Smith. 

Royal White Heart, No. 2, Halifax, brother Matthew 

C. Whitaker and W», Lockhart. 



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St. John, No. 3, Newbern, brother Robert Williams. 
Royal Edwin, No. 5, Windsor, brother Joseph IL 
Bryan. 

Phoenix No. 8, Fayetteville, brother James Campbell. 

Old Cone, No. 9, Saiibury, brother General Montfort 
Stokes and Jacob Fisher. 

King Solomon, No. 18, Jones county, brother Enoch 
Foy. 

Hiram, No. 24, WiHiamsborough, Granville county, 
brothers William Robards and Thomas Taylor. 

Mount Moria, No. 27, Iredell county, brothers George 
Lee Davidson and Andrew Caldwell. 

St. Tammany, No. 30, brother William W. Jones. 

Phalanx, No. 31, Charlotte, Mecklenburg county, bro- 
ther John Harriss. 

Stokes, No. 32, Cabarrus county, brother George Har- 
riss. 

Freeland, No. 33, Rowan, brother Jesse Pearson. 

Hiram, No. 40, city of Raleigh, brother Allen Rogers 
aad William Hill. 

Tennessee, No. 41, Knoxville, state of Tennessee, 
brother Robert Willliams. 

Greenville, No. 43, in the town of Greenville, state of 
Tennessee, brother Robert Williams. 

Williams, No. 44, Johnstonville, Randolph county, 
brother Jonathan Parker. 

Liberty, No. 45, Wilkesborough, in Wilkes county, 
brothers Edmund Jones, Wm. Huime and Israel Pickens. 

Social, No. 46, Pittsborough, Chatham county, bro- 
thers Oliver Prince and William Scurlock. 

Orange, No. 47, Lincoln county, brother John Crow, 



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48r, Carteret county, brother Jacob Henrj% 
Newport, No. 50, in the town of Newport, state of 

Tennessee, brother Robert Williams. 

Overton, No. 51, in the town of Rogersville, state of 
Tennessee, brolher Robert Williams. 

Davie, No. 39, Bertie county, brolher Joseph H. Bryan. 

Lodge by dispensation in the town of Gallatin, state of 
Tennessee, brother Robert Williams. 

Lodge by dispensation in the town of Edenton, bio- 
thers Thomas Brownrigg and Wm. A.„ Littlejohn. 

Lodge by dispensation in Indian Town, Currituck 
county, brothers Thomas Williams and Willoughby Do- 
ssier. 

This Grand Lodge was opened in due and solemn form* 

On motion it is ordered, that the Charters of the fol- 
lowing Lodges be arrested, and said Lodges declared for- 
ever hereafter to be dissolved and defunct, to wit — Har- 
mony, No. 1 of Tennessee, and No. 29 on the archives 
of this Grand Lodge, in the town of Nashville, and state 
of Tennessee : and Friendship Lodge, No. 36, at Fort 
Barnwell in this state, agreeable to the powers and autho- 
rities vested in this Grand Lodge and according to the 
ancient usages and land marks of Masonry. It having 
first been made appear that the said Lodges had that no- 
tice to appear by delegation, &c. as is prescribed as the 
standing rule and usage of this Grand Lodge ; and they 
failing or refusing so to appear. 

This Grand Lodge now proceeded to the election of its 
Grand Officers for the ensuing year — when 

Myjor General Benjamin Smith was duly elected Grand 



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George Lee Davidson, a member of the legislature of 
this state from the county of Iredell, was elected Grand 
Senior W arden. 

Andrew Caldwell, a member of the legislature of this 
state fromthe county of Iredell, was elected Grand Juni- 
or Warden. 

Thomas L. Williams was elected Grand Secretary. *t 
William Boylan, was duly elected Grand Treasu- 
rer. 

And the said Grand Officers were severally installed in 
due form, accordingto the ancient land marks of Masonry, 

The most Worshipful Grand Master elect, did then by 
virtue of his office, appoint Robert Williams of the city 
of Raleigh, Attorney at I/aW, Deputy Grand Master^ 

Doctor Calvin Jones, Grand Senior Deacon. 

Colonel Jesse A. Pearson, Grand Junior Deacon. 

The Reverend Doctor Hailing, Grand Chaplain. 

The Honourable Samuel Lowrie, one of the Judges o£ 
the Supreme Court of this state, Grand Pursuivant. 

The Honourable Joshua G. Wright, one of the Judges 
of the Supreme Court of this state, Grand Marshal. 

Reiolwd, That the third Monday of January, A. L» 
581(1, A, D, 1810, be recommended to the Grand Lodg- 
es of America, as a convenient time for the assemblage 
of a Grand Convention of Masons in the City of Wash- 
ington, tor the purpose of constituting a superintending 
Grand Lodge ot America with corrective powers ovtr all 
the Grand Lodges and that the Grand Secretary give 
information immediately by circular letters lor that pur- 
pose. 

The committee to whom was referred the examination 



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of the Accounts of the present and former Treasurers, 
Report— That they find a balance of cash remaining in 
the hands of the present Treasurer on the first day of 
December, instant, of five hundred and twenty pounds, 
nineteen shillings. That there is a balance of £ 83 17 3; 
eighty three pounds, seventeen shillings and three pence, 
stated against brother Richard Freear a former Treasur" 
er of this Grand Lodge, which they find to be incorrect* 
because they discover on the Books of this Grand Ladge 
a resolution of Daamber, A. D. 1798, remitting to him 
the sum of £ 55 : fifty five pounds — that sum being sto- 
len from him of the funds of this Grand Lodge. Brother 
Freear is therefore entitled to a credit for this last 
mentioned sum, which will leave a balance against him 
&s due this Lodge, of £ 28 17 3 : twenty eight pounds* 
seventeen shillings and three pence — And that the present 
Treasurer be requested to call on him for that sum. — 
Which is submitted, Sec. 

This Grand Lodge taking the foregoing Report into 
consideration — Resolved, That they do concur therewith. 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Grand 
Lodge be presented to our au?$t worshipful brother, the 
honourable John Kali, late Grand Master of the Grand 
Lodge of North- Carolina and Tennessee; for his able, 
faithful and meritorious seavices in the discharge of his 
duties of that important station — For his care and atten- 
tion to the interest of the Craft generally, and to this 
Grand Lodge in particular. 

Resolved unanimously, That the thanks of this Grand 
Lodge be presented to our brother Gen. Montfort Stokes, 
for the ability and impartiality with which he has perform- 



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«d the duties of Deputy Grand Master of Masons. 

Resolved unanimously , That the thanks of this Grand 
Lodge be presented to our worthy brother, Robert Wil- 
liams, late Grand Secretary ; for his long, able and impar- 
tial discharge of the duties of his said < ffice. 

This Grand Lodge then adjourned to the 18th instant. 

DECEMBER 18th, A. L. 5808, A. D, 1808 

This Grand Lodge met according to adjournment—*, 
when were present, 

The Right Worshipful Robert Williams, Deputy 
Grand Master; Grand Master, pro tern. 

R. W. George Lee Davidson, G. S. W. 

R. W. Andrew Caldwell, G. J. W. 

R. W. Thomas L. Williams, Grand Secretary* 

R. W. William Boyian, Grand Treasurer. 

Brother Edmund Jones, G. S. D. pro tem* 

Brother William Hill, G. J. D. pro tern. 

Brother Thomas Pound, Grand Tyler. 

Member* — Brother General Montfort Stokes. 
Representatives from the subordinate Lodges, to zvit— 
Royal White Heart, No. 2, Haiiiax, brother William 
Lockhart. 

Royal Edwin, No. 5, Windsor, brother Joseph IL 
Bryan. 

Old Cone, No. 9 T Salisbury, brother General Montfort 
Stokes and Jacob Fisher. 

Hiram, No. 24, YVTtliamsborough, Granville county, 
brother William Robards. 

Mount Moria, No. 27, Iredell county, brothers Gcorgo 
£.es Davidson and Andrew Caldwell. 



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St. Tammany, No. 30, Wilmington, brother Wm. W. 
Jones. 

Stokes, No. 32, Cabarrus, brother George Harriss. 

Freeland, N >. 33, Rowan, brother Jesse Pearson. 

Davie, No. 39, B-rtie county, brother Joseph H, Bryan. 

Hiram, No* 40, city of Raleigh, brother William Hill. 

Tennessee, No* 41, Knoxviile, state or Tennessee, 
brother Robert WiUliams* 

Greenville, No. 43, in the town of Greenville, state of 
Tennessee, brother Robert Williams. 

Williams, No. 44, Johnstonviile, Randolph county, 
brother Jonathan Parker. 

Liberty, No. 45, Wiik^shcrough, in Wilkes county, 
brothers Edmund Jones, Wm. Hulme and Israel Pickens* 

Social, No. 46, Pittsborough, Chatham county, bro- 
thers Oliver Prince and William Scurlock. 

Newport, No. 50, in the town of Newport, state of 
Tennessee, brother Robert Williams. 

Overton, No. 51, in the town of Rogersviiie, state of 
Tennessee, brother Robert Williams. 

Lodge by dispensation in the town of Gallatin, state of 
Tennessee, brother Robert Williams. 

Lodge by dispensation in the town of Edenton, bio- 
ther Thomas Brownrigg. 

Lod^e by dispensation in old Indian Town, Currituck 
county, brother Thomas Williams* 

This Lodge was opened in due form. 
Ordered, That Brothers William J3oylan, Robert Wil- 
liams, General Montjort Stokes, H nry Potter (Judge) 
and Doctor Calvin Jones, be appointed a committee of 
correspondence between this Grand Lodge, and other the 
Grand Lodges of Masons around the Globe. 



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Ordered, That Brothers, the Honorable John L. Tay- 
ior (Judge,) Robert Williams, William Duffy, Francis 
X. Martin and William Cherry, Esquires, be appointed 
a committee to procure a plate of proper devices, and 
form a proper certificate to be engraved thereon for the 
purpose of granting Diplomas from this Grand Lodge, 

Ordered, That Brothers Robert Williams, George Lee 
Davidson, William Boylan and Gen. Montfort Stokes, 
be appointed a committee to enquire what compensation 
ought to be made to the Grand Secretary for his services 
in future. 

Resolved, That the Secretary of this Grand Lodge be 
allowed four dollars as a fee for every dispensation grant- 
ed by this Grand Lodge ; and that no sum hereafter shall 
be paid to the use of the Grand Lodge for issuing such 
dispensations, except as above, notwithstanding an order 
for that purpose having heretofore been made, which last 
order is hereby annulled. 

Resolved, That the Certificates or Diplomas to be 
granted by this Grand Lodge, agreeable to a Resolution 
heretofore entered into for that purpose, shall be formed 
by the Committee appointed for that purpose in the En- 
glish, French and Latin languages. That they be print- 
ed or stamped on parchment, with a space or spaces for 

each person to whom they are given to write his name so 
as to prevent impositions, &c # 

This Grand Lodge was then adjourned, sine die. 

Test, 

THOMAS L. WILLIAMS, 

Grand Secretary* 



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A LIST OF LODGES 

Under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of North-Carolina 
and Tennessee* 



St. John, 

Royal White Heart, 
St. John, 
Royal Edwin, 
Phoenix, 
Old Cone, 
Johnston Caswell, 
Washington, 
American George, 
King Solomon, 
Hiram, 
Fail sop hi a, 
Mount Moria, 
St. ram many, 
Phalanx, 
Stokes, 
F re el and, 
Jerusalem, 
Ehvie, 
fliram, 

Tennessee, No. 2. of > 
the state of Term. 3 
Federal, 

Greenville, No. 3 of Ten. 
Williams, 
Libert), 
Social, 
Orange, 
Taylor, 
Young Eaele, 
Newport, No. 4 of Ten. 
Overton, No. 5 of Ten. 
King Solomon, No* 6 > 
of Tennessee, 5 
Hall, 

Unanimity- 



No. 1 Wilmington. 

2, Halifax. 

3, Newbern. 
5, Windsor. 

8, Fayetteville. 

9, Salisbury. 
10, Warren ton. 
15, Beaufort county. 

1 7, Murfi eesborough. 

18, Jones county. 

24, Wiliiamsborough, Granville. 

25, Moore county. 
27, Iredell county. 

30, Wilmington. 

31, Charlotte, Mecklenburg co. 

32, Cabarrus county. 

33, Rowan county. 
35, Carteret county. 

39, Bertie county. 

40, City of Raleigh. 

> 41, Knoxville. 



42, Pitt county. 

43, Greenville, Tennnessee. 
44 Johnston ville, Rfci oloh cq. 

45, Wilkesborough, Wilkes co. 

46, Pittshorough, Chatham co. 

47, Lincoln county. 

48, Beaufort. 

49, Martin county. 

50, Newport, s'atc of Tennessee. 

51, Rogersville, state of Ten. 
To^n of Gallatin, State of 

Tennessee. 
Indian Town, Currituck co. 
Edenton. 
From the Grand Archives, 

THOMAS L. WILLIAMS, 

Grand Secretary* 



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